New commercial construction project planned for South Kennewick

A notice from the Town of Kennewick marks the site of a planned large new retail development off 24th Avenue in South Kennewick.

A notice from the Town of Kennewick marks the site of a planned large new retail development off 24th Avenue in South Kennewick.

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As the Port of Kennewick begins its brand new commercial development at Vista Field, they are taking the time to celebrate the success of yet another project.

The port has postponed its delayed celebration for the completion of the second phase of the Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village.

Originally postponed due to COVID-19, the event was scheduled for last month, but extreme heat forced the port to postpone the event yet again.

It is now scheduled for September 15, with a much lower risk of another delay.

The event will begin at 2 p.m., recognizing the wineries and food trucks that have contributed to the success of the project, as well as the presentation of their new tasting rooms by Gordon Estate Winery and Muret-Gaston Winery.

The second phase of the project saw parking, a loop road, landscaping, artwork and more. This also marked the beginning of the village food truck plaza.

The founding wineries were the Bartholomew and Monarcha tasting rooms. Regular food truck vendors include Culture Shock Bistro, Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food, Taste of Wok, Only Tacos, Bobablast, and Swampy’s BBQ.

Swampy’s has also recently begun to develop a permanent storefront in the village.

The port has also been working recently to establish better communication and incentives for food trucks, and highlights that will be available daily on its Facebook page.

Vista Field, which officially put plots on the market this summer, has land available for developers. There are currently 20 plots available for mixed-use development, around what is envisioned as a town center for all of the Tri-Cities.

More information about packages available at Vista Field can be found on the port’s website.

The falls

A large new commercial development called The Falls at 4112 is coming to South Kennewick. The project is adjacent to 24th Avenue and South Quillian Place, just off Highway 395.

The development will consist of a 117,000 square foot four-story mixed-use building and two smaller 5,500 square foot buildings on a combined 4-acre plot.

The land is owned by AP Properties of Pasco. They bought the land in 2017 for a total of $650,000, according to the Benton County Assessor’s Office. It is unclear whether they will own the buildings.

Knutzen Engineering designed the plans and Pasco’s Elite Construction and Development will handle the construction.

This area off West 27th Avenue is seeing new development after COVID-19 caused a downturn.

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Preliminary site work for new office buildings in the West 24th Avenue cul-de-sac east of South Union Street in Kennewick. Bob Brawdy [email protected]

Last month, paperwork was filed for two new office buildings in a cul-de-sac across from The Falls development.

The offices will be located on vacant land just off 24, behind the Baymont by Wyndham hotel.

The first building will be four units for a total of 6,000 square feet. The second will be three 4,950 square foot units.

It will also add 45 parking spaces and it is proposed to transform the large cul-de-sac into a roundabout.

Benton County property records show the property is owned by Robert and Staci Cheatham.

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This file photo from 2022 shows a wine barrel storage room at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate Winery in Paterson. Tri-City Herald File

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Goose Ridge Winery is building a large warehouse on its 180-acre property in unincorporated Benton County, near Benton City.

The 40,000 square foot warehouse will be used for storing wine barrels.

They are also planning a future expansion of an existing building to add more wine tanks and bottling equipment.

EleMar

A granite and marble company is building offices and a $3.8 million warehouse in Pasco.

EleMar Oregon, which specializes in granite and marble, is building a 26,600 square foot warehouse and office space at 1879 N. Commercial Dr. in Pasco.

The facility will have a showroom with marble, granite, quartzite, soapstone and more, according to the website.

They hope to open by November.

Used kitchen

A new dining option for people with disabilities and other challenges has opened at the Columbia River Warehouse Public Market.

Columbia Industries’ Opportunity Kitchen now has a take-out style stand in the market with locally made baked goods, sliders, soups and more.

The Opportunity Kitchen booth is operated by staff and students of the program, which provides job training opportunities for people with disabilities and others who face barriers to employment, according to a statement from Columbia Industries.

Students spend 12 weeks in the program alongside an executive chef instructor, preparing them for jobs in food service, hospitality and catering.

Students also take life skills courses to help overcome challenges related to intellectual or physical disabilities, mental illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness or unstable housing, according to the statement. hurry.

The Public Market is at 10 E. Bruneau, with parking and entrance near the intersection of Bruneau and North Beech Street. It is open from Thursday to Sunday.

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Cory is an award-winning investigative journalist. He joined the Tri-City Herald in December 2021 as an editor/reporter covering housing and development. His previous work can be found in the Tyler Morning Telegraph and other Texas newspapers. He was a member of the Education Writers Association 2019-2020 and has been featured on The Murder Tapes, Grave Mysteries and Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen.

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